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Stories about Surveillance

7 January 2015

Chinese Police Are Buying Spyware — And Posting Their Purchase Orders Online

Netizens now can see exactly what surveillance tools police are using, and exactly how much they paid for them.

25 November 2014

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

20 November 2014

Digital Security Guide for African Environmental Rights Defenders

As they increasingly use digital advocacy and communication tools to do their work, environmental rights defenders in Africa have become more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and online harassment.

29 October 2014

#LeyChavez: Peru's Chavez Law Could Endanger Email Privacy in the Workplace

The bill popularly known as #LeyChavez would regulate the use of information technology in the workplace. But how invasive is the bill?

26 October 2014

Leaked Recordings of Zambian Ministers’ Conversations Raise Privacy Concerns

Private conversations involving ministers brings into focus issues of privacy not only for government leaders, but for the general public.

18 October 2014

Bloggers Behind Bars: Ethiopia's Zone9ers and Threats to Online Speech Across the Globe

Governments in a growing list of nations have recognized that modern-day connectivity can prove a lethal challenge to their legitimacy and very existence.

13 October 2014

Colombia's “Citizen Porfolio” Program Could Infringe Privacy Rights (And More)

The "Citizen Portfolio" policy would store citizen data -- ranging from passport numbers to health information -- all in one place.

2 October 2014

“We Don't Need No Governance”: Why the Internet Governance Forum Misses the Point

Activists worldwide have criticized the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum for shying away from pressing issues like censorship and digital surveillance. This year, they held took matters into their own hands.

What Protesters in Hong Kong (and Anywhere Else) Should Know About FireChat

Two leading security experts explain the risks in using FireChat -- and offer some simple tips for digital safety in a protest environment.

Hong Kong Protesters Shore Up Mobile Communications Tools in Face of Technical Threats

Activists and security experts are working together to determine which tech tools can help protesters -- and which ones can leave them in danger.